By Philip J Davis
"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet back. ultimate. Won’t you sit down down?"
I appeared round David’s room. wanting the library stacks, I had by no means obvious such a lot of books piled right into a unmarried room. the place may perhaps I take a seat? each sq. inch of horizontal floor was once coated. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all congregated in random and chaotic disorder.
This small come upon and the photo of the protagonist at the hide of this publication introduce the reader to David E. Pingree, the eminent classicist, Orientalist, historian of historical technology, and member of the dep. of the heritage of arithmetic at Brown college. this can be a booklet of his tales, retold via Phil Davis, award-winning writer and raconteur par excellence, who reconstructs them from letters and plenty of conversations together with his good friend Pingree.
The tales hint connections among old characters, ancient and legendary, and recreate an international within which the pursuit of information for its personal sake results in unforeseen pleasures and institutions. They seize an international top defined via Saul Lieberman’s quip approximately Gershom Scholem’s nice paintings at the Kabala: "Trash is trash; however the learn of trash is scholarship," and David Pingree’s imagined reaction, "Yes, yet there’s constantly anything of worth to be learned."
The ebook is devoted to maintaining and selling the really expert wisdom and techniques of David Pingree, a really striking individual and to motivate readers to stick with educational culture and even as discover strange connections.
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